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Hugh P. Harris
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Birth: Jun. 15, 1909
Death: Nov. 3, 1979, USA

US Army General. A combat veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he rose in rank to become the Commanding General of US Continental Army Command. Born Hugh Pate Harris in Anderson, Alabama, after graduating in 1927 from the Columbia Military Academy in Columbia, Tennessee he received an appointment to attend the US Military Academy at West Point, New York and graduated in June 1931 with a commission as a 2nd lieutenant of Infantry. From 1932 until 1942 he served in various infantry assignments and military schools. After the US entered World War II, he became the Chief of Staff for the US Army's 13th Airborne Division and saw combat in the European Theater of Operations from 1944 until the end of the war. He remained in Europe until the end of 1946 and in 1947 he returned to the US and entered the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1950 he attended the National War College at Fort McNair, Washington DC and the following year he became the Chief of Staff of the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In July 1952 he was assigned to Korea with the 8th US Army and promoted to the rank of colonel and in June 1953 he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general and became Chief of Staff for Operations of the 8th US Army. In November 1953 he returned to the US and became Chief of Staff for the 2nd US Army at Fort Meade, Maryland. In December 1955 he was promoted to the rank of major general and served as Commander of the Berlin Command in Berlin, Germany, followed in October 1956 as Commander of the 11th Airborne Division at Ausburg, Germany, then back to the US as Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Training, Continental Army Command at Fort Monroe, Virginia, then on to Fort Benning, Georgia as Commandant of the US Infantry School and Army Infantry Center. In August 1961 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and assigned to Korea as Commander of the US Army 1st Corps, followed in November 1962 as Commander of the 7th US Army, headquartered in Germany. In March 1964 he was promoted to the rank of general and returned to the US became Commanding General of the US Continental Army Command at Fort Monroe, Virginia and he retired at this position in February 1965 with nearly 34 years of continuous military service. Among his military and foreign decorations and awards include the Army Distinguished Service Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit (with two oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), the Presidential Unit Citation , the American Defense Service Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (with two campaign stars), the American Campaign Medal , the World War II Victory Medal, the post-World War II Army of Occupation Medal (with "Berlin" clasp), the National Defense Service Medal (with one service star), the Korean Service Medal (with three service stars), the Korea Defense Service Medal Korean Order of Military Merit,(1st class), the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the United Nations Service Medal (Korea), and the Korean War Service Medal. Following his military retirement, he became President of The Citadel (also known as the Military College of South Carolina) in Charleston from July 1965 until July 1970. He died in Washington DC at the age of 70. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
Family links: 
  Leo C. Harris (1888 - 1958)
  Maude Ethel Alsup Harris (1888 - 1979)
  Kathleen Burns Harris (1917 - 2001)
  Jane Boyd Harris (1911 - 1958)*
  Hugh P. Harris (1909 - 1979)
  Leo Clay Harris (1911 - 1976)*
  Wilson D. Harris (1913 - 1969)*
  Dorsey Harris (1915 - 1918)*
*Calculated relationship
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 2, Lot E-278 LH
Created by: Bill Heneage
Record added: Nov 12, 2002
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Hugh P. Harris
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Hugh P. Harris
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President of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C. July 1965-July 1970. Rest in Peace, Sir. (R. Hodges, Citadel '72).
- Richard Hodges
 Added: Jun. 27, 2016

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